Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gloppedalen and Lysebotn: Two areas not to miss in Rogaland

One more belated post about Rogaland.

If taking a trip to Rogaland there are two areas that should not be missed.  Gloppedalen and Lysabotn not only have world class bouldering but provide a unique/magnificent/awesome/amazing/stupendous environment that can be appreciated by anyone.

Gloppedalen has obvious appeal to boulderers as it is a massive boulder field.  If Gloppendalen was somewhere else it would have hundreds or thousands of established problems but the vast majority of the area is unexplored as folks mostly stick to the classics near the sandy beach.  It's just to hard to develop when you can go swimming.

 About a 5 minute walk to the beach and the road winds through the boulder field.  Would be nice to just go here with a motivated crew and brush for a week or two.

Ebbe working Problematikk, a tricky dyno.

Hanna on just another sweet problem at Gloppedalen

Lysebotn is perhaps the crown jewel of Rogaland.  Quintessential Norway, the area is tucked away in a fjord and I've heard several friends comment that it is the most beautiful place they have ever bouldered and I might agree.  While not to be missed it is also one of Rogaland most sensitive areas so be access minded when visiting

It's a long way down but you'll be rewarded at the end of all those turns.  The road is closed much of the year but a boat can get you walking distance to the boulders.

Hanna on the classic Moon arete.

Pyssel on Kvassteidn, an awesome knife-blade arete at Lysebotn.

Stian sending Kvassteidn from the sit start.

Tumle gets close on Mikke Mus Klubbhus, Lysebotn.  Hard to beat the setting.

Hanna digging in on Dick and Daisy

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